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Rita Moreno is honored with Lifetime Achievement Award at SAG Awards

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Actress Rita Moreno has just received a Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Award on Jan. 17, 2014, at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, Calif. The Screen Actors Guild Awards are presented by the SAG-AFTRA Guild and honors the best in television and film. Tonight’s show was simulcast live nationally on TNT and TBS from the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center.

Rita Moreno took the stage in her studded leather outfit with a flare and running a victory lap. "I'm so bloody happy."

She sang a song in full voice,"...this is all I ask and this is all I need."

Rita Moreno is one of Hollywood's most versatile talents. She can act, sing, dance and write. She is one the rare performers to have an Oscar, two Emmys, a Tony, a Grammy, a Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the National Medal of the Arts. Now her own guild is honoring her with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

In making the announcement SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard said, "I am simply delighted that Rita Moreno is the 50th recipient of our SAG Life Achievement Award – the most prestigious honor we bestow. She is an extraordinarily versatile, talented and generous actor whose career is notable for its courageous choices and for the breadth, depth and quality of her many demanding and commanding roles. I am honored to join all SAGAFTRA members in recognizing the incomparable Rita Moreno."

Moreno's career spans an amazing 70 years. Her career breakthrough was in 1962's musical "West Side Story." For those of us that grew up in the 1970's we remember Moreno in the PBS children's television show "The Electric Company." Her costars were Bill Cosby and Morgan Freeman.

Moreno throughout her career worked in almost every entertainment media as possible and excelled at everything she did. On top of all that, she is one of the nicest in Hollywood to meet.

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